Panchayati Raj institutions to be given substantial powers

Jaipur: Exuding confidence that the party will emerge the winner in the panchayat polls beginning tomorrow, the ruling Congress in Rajasthan today promised to devolve substantial powers to the Panchayati Raj institutions in the state.

All round development of villages, granting funds to panchayats and imparting more functional powers to them would be the first priority of the Congress government in Rajasthan, PCC Vice-President Chandrabhan told a press conference here.

Claiming that the Congress would get landslide victory in the panchayat polls, he said, the party's policies and programmes were strong enough to defeat the rival candidates.